Library Science HOME - Subjects

A Research Guide for Students by I Lee

This site has been designed to search the Internet by the Dewey Decimal Classification System.


CAS Full Text Options: Use this scientific search engine to find open-access journals in full-text.


Council of Chief Librarians: "The Council of Chief Librarians (CCL) represents, promotes and advances libraries in public California community college education and provides a vehicle for communication among chief librarians, other community college personnel, and state agencies. This CCL-Wiki provides information resources for deans, directors and librarians."


Council on Library and Information Resources: An index to free, full-text publications and resources written by professional Librarians. Most studies cover the major issues facing today's libraries.


Digital Literacy: "The Digital Literacy portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy."


Directory of Open Access Journals: "This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The Directory is comprehensive and covers all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content." Provided by Lund University Libraries.


Full-Text Archives of Scholarly Society Serial Publications: Free access to journals, bulletins, and newsletters published by scholarly societies. Titles can be located by subject area.


Information Competency : CSUS Library has provided a list of links to many information competence sites including a summary of the library's information competence intiative.


Internet Library for Librarians: "A Portal Designed for Librarians to Locate Internet Resources Related to Their Profession. This site is linked and referenced by hundreds of libraries and other organizations, including the Library of Congress and OCLC."


IPL2: "IPL2 is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. To date, thousands of students and volunteer library and information science professionals have been involved in answering reference questions." Use the search engine on the subject guide page to locate scholarly websites on the Internet.


Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web: "This site features links to online exhibitions that have been created by libraries, archives, and historical societies, as well as to museum online exhibitions with a significant focus on library and archival materials."


Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki: "This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about."


Library Spot:"A free virtual library resource center for educators,students, librarians and their patrons to help find valuable research information on the Web. This site is intended to break through the information overload of the Web and bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in one user-friendly spot. Sites featured on are hand-selected and reviewed by our editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility."


Metronet: This site offers many resources and Internet guides for Librarians. Use the Minnesota Web Directory, "Libcat Guide" to access library resources on the Internet.


Newspaper & Current Periodical Reading Room: A short list of periodical titles on the web selected by the Library of Congress.


NSF Post Digital Library Futures Workshop: "The National Science Foundation has fostered much of the development of digital library technologies, services, and collections, both in the US and in collaboration with international partners. This invitational workshop on “post digital library futures,” or “ubiquitous knowledge environments,” as some of us are beginning to think of them, is the beginning of the dialogue."


OAIster: (Pronounced "Oyster") A product of WorldCat, the world's largest library catalog, OAIster assists students and educators in locating library materials online.


Open Archives Initiative: "This site develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content." The OAI currently provides access to the following metadata repositories: DLESE OAI Software, NASA Technical Report Server, Internet Archive and CDL eScholarship Repository. "For example, the California Digital Library offers University of California faculty a central online location for depositing working papers, technical reports, research results, datasets with commentary and peer-reviewed series. It is free for scholars to upload papers and free to users to download them. Compliance with the Open Archive Initiative (OAI) metadata harvesting protocol allows eScholarship Repository content to be discovered from centralized search services."


Pew Research Center: "Pew Internet and Pew Research Center provides information and links regarding the changing expectations of libraries and how people can use technology to find information on the Internet."


PINAKES, A Subject Launchpad: The largest, most comprehensive selection of subject portals to narrower multiple-subject gateways within specific academic disciplines. "In ancient times, the Library of Alexandria was seen as a universal store of human knowledge. As the Library grew in size, however, it became increasingly difficult to locate relevant material. The poet Callimachus solved the problem by compiling a catalogue called The Pinakes. On a far smaller scale, these Web pages hope to provide a similar function for Internet resources, by linking to the major subject gateways."


Research and Subject Guides: "This database provides keyword-searchable access to research and subject guides and tutorials created by the CU Libraries. Users can also browse for relevant guides by Academic Department/Library, by individual class pages, by citation style, by database name, or by alphabetically by topic."


Resources for School Librarians: "One of the more comprehensive guides to specialized indexes and search engines compiled by Linda Bertland, school librarian, Philadelphia, PA."


Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: "SEPB presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet."


Serials in Cyberspace: Collections, Resources, and Services: An extensive index to electronic journals in libraries throughout the world. Developed and maintained by Serials Librarian, Birdie MacLennan at the Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont.


Special Libraries Association News Division: This website is intended primarily for broadcast news librarians, news researchers and anyone else who is intersted in journalism. Use links about librarianship, archiving resources, reference tools and articles written by librarians, with expert sources on the web.


UC Berkeley Libraries: Access to all UC campuses library catalogs (Melvyl catalog) plus manuscript and archival collections and additional website guides.


WESSWEB: "The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. WESS is professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. Our aim is to promote the improvement of library services supporting study and research in Western European affairs from ancient times to the present."

Academia: "Academia - an online magazine and resource for academic librarians - published by YBP Library Services"


American Library Association: "The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from the Washington Office."


American Society for Information Science: "Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information."


Community College Library Consortium: The Community College League, in partnership with the Council of Chief Librarians, conducts a program of cooperative buying which includes community college libraries around the country. In making a decision to work with a specific vendor, the Consortium evaluates how well the resource meets the needs of students and whether a consortial price can be arranged that is better than the price an individual college can negotiate on their own.


Council of Chief Librarians - California Community Colleges: "The primary purposes of the Council shall be to represent, promote and advance libraries in public California community college education and to provide a vehicle for communication among chief librarians, other community college personnel, and state agencies." CCL Constitution, Article II- Purposes and objectives.


Digital History: The Center for History and New Media has provided a free online version of "Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving and Presenting the Past on the Web", "a thorough introduction to the web for historians, teachers, students, archivists and museum curators who wish to produce online historical work, or to build upon and improve the projects they have already started in this important new medium."


E-Content: Informing the Transformation of Libraries: "The American Library Association is forming a new Working Group on Digital Content and Libraries and has opened up new channels of communication with the Association of American Publishers as well as individual publishers. This blog takes a critical look at all aspects of the ongoing discussion surrounding electronic content."


Federal Depository Library Program: A depository management guide for government document librarians.


Geek the Library: "The Geek the Library project is a community-based public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of the public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face. Sponsored by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, with funding by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation."


Hathi Trust Digital Library: " This library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives." 


InFoPeople Project: "Improves the quality of information access to the people of California by upgrading the skills, resources, and tools available through libraries."


Information Science Today: "Information Science Today (IST) welcomes you to the online information science and library science resource pages. Just a click will offer you a number of exclusive articles by the experts in the field of Information Science and Library Studies."


International Federation of Library Associates and Institutions: "IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession." Especially useful is the link, "Library Suppliers List".


Information Literacy Resources Directory: "The Information Literacy Section of the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions has created this database to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO. Librarians, educators and information professionals are invited to participate. If you have developed information literacy materials and would like to share them with the world community, please submit the required data."


Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship: "This full-text periodical publishes substantive material of interest to science and technology librarians. It serves as a vehicle for sci-tech librarians to share details of successful programs, materials for the delivery of information services, background information and opinions on topics of current interest, to publish research and bibliographies on issues in science and technology libraries."


Kathy Schrocks Guide to Everything: An excellent index of categorized, annotated sites (over 1600) for critically evaluating web resources.


Liblicense: This site provides materials on the licensing of digital information; agreements that govern the acquistion and maintenance of traditional paper collections are inadequate in the digital information context. Unlike paper materials, digital information generally is not purchased by the library; rather it is licensed by the library from information providers. The materials on this website are not intended as legal advice and do not include all information necessary to evaluate any actual business transaction or legal dispute. Specific legal steps should only be taken after consultation with a qualified attorney. All librarians should make sure that wherever appropriate, legal staff review licensing agreements to be certain that they serve the best interests of the library.


Lib-Web-Cats: This site is a directory of public libraries in the United States. Each listing includes links to the library's website and online catalog. Other information available includes the geographic location, address, library type, current and previous library automation systems used, and the size of the library's collection. Maintained by Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN.


Libraries and the Web: The Web and the library aren't distinctly different things. This site by the Virginia Tech University Libraries introduces the idea that there is a middle-ground���the idea of the library on the Web. Many libraries have Web sites which organize information and provide access to collections of quality resources and information that has been evaluated and organized. Although there is an increasing amount of information in this digital library, some information can only be found in print resources.


Libraries Unlimited: "Since its inception in 1964, Libraries Unlimited has sought to serve the needs of the library profession through publication of quality bibliographies and reference books; library science textbooks; information science materials; and practical handbooks, monographs, and manuals for library educators, practicing librarians, media specialists, and teachers." Go to Links for a selective list of library sites.


Library of Congress Classification Outline: This page lists the letters and titles of the main classes of the Library of Congress Classification used by most College/University Libraries in the United States. The call numbers on the spine labels of each book on the library shelves include the combination of these letters and numbers which represent the subject categories in this classification system.


Library of Congress Shelving Tutorial: Learn how books are organized and shelved using the Library of Congress Classification System. Read the rules and test yourself to see if you understand the L.C.'s shelving rules. This interactive online tutorial has been developed at the Kent University Libraries by Tom Warren, Reference Center Manager; and Jeff Remley, LMS Systems (content obtained from the Library of Congress).


Library Link of the Day: This site provides daily link for keeping up to date with the library profession. Destinations include the latest library news, good reads on the web, and other valuable resources that a library knowledge worker should know about. The link is presented without commentary. Links always lead to free content, but sometimes require registration (also free).


Library Statistics Program: The Academic Libraries Survey team at the National Center for Education Statistics compiles and publishes descriptive statistics on about 3,700 academic libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.


Library Support Staff - Resources for Library Staffs: This site is a tremendous resource designed especially for library paraprofessionals, with documents, history, and helpful links to job sites.


LIScareer: The Library and Information Science Professional's Career Development Center site "offers career development resources for new librarians and information professionals, MLS students and those considering a library-related career.  The site features practical articles contributed by information professionals, along with links to online and print resources."


NGram Viewer: The first tool of its kind, the Google Labs N-gram Viewer is capable of precisely and rapidly quantifying cultural trends based on massive quantities of data, e.g., how often phrases have occurred in the world's books over the last 500 years. Use the Google tool to graph the occurrence of phrases up to five words in length from 1400 through the present day. This tool currently supports the following languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, and Russian. A research article in "Science Express" that highlights the use of this Google tool is Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books.


Net Trails: Information Literacy Tutorials: Discover how to find, evaluate and use information effectively and ethically using the University of California Santa Cruz's NetTrail, which contains six trails. Follow the trails in sequence, or skip around between: Types of Info, Choosing a Topic, Library & Web, CRUZCAT, Find Articles, or Info Ethics.


Pew Internet and American Life Project: This site's reports are based on research, surveys, and analysis conducted by their staff. "Use the search box at the top of every page to find the report or section of a report that interests you."


Portal: Libraries and the Academy: "A journal that presents research findings and provides regular coverage of issues in technology, publishing, and periodicals, portal is written by librarians for librarians. Peer-reviewed articles address subjects such as library administration, information technology, and information policy."


Reference and User Services Association: Be sure to use the reference guidelines and outstanding reference sources links; (the reference titles were selected during the 2003 ALA Midwinter meeting and represent high-quality reference works that are suitable for small- to medium-sized libraries.) "RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources and services they need."


Resources for College Libraries: Evaluate, refine, and develop the college library collection using the new RCL and you’ll see why our users say: “It's the best collection development tool we have.”


ResourceShelf: A daily electronic newsletter recommending the best research sites, news and other resources of interest on the Internet for the online researcher or librarian. The site is maintained by Gary Price, librarian, information research consultant, and writer based in suburban Washington D.C.


Role of Librarians in the U.S. Academic Libraries: The Library Survery of 2010 written by Matthew P. Long Roger C. Schonfeld gives insight into the role of the academic librarian in the United States. "Provided by Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways." (scroll down to view entire full-text survey)


Scholarly and Popular Resources: The University of Pennsylvania Library has provided an online research tutorial that explains the difference between scholarly and popular resources. "Any primary resource can be a scholarly resource, so the scholarly-popular distinction is only useful for secondary and tertiary resources."


World Summit on the Information Society: The WSIS has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The participants of the forum develop publications concerning critical issues about the Internet including new initiatives and ongoing projects concerning the future development of Internet implementation. Be sure to check the quick links page for additional websites on Information Societies.